hobby

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Shortened from hobby-horse, from Middle English hoby, hobyn, hobin (small horse, pony), from Old French hobi, *haubi, haubby, hobin ("a nag, hobby"; > Modern French aubin, Italian ubino), of Germanic origin: from Old French hober, ober (to stir, move), from Old Dutch hobben (to toss, move up and down); or from North Germanic origin related to Danish hoppe (a mare), Old Swedish hoppa (a young mare), North Frisian hoppe (horse); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *huppōną (to hop), from Proto-Indo-European *kewb- (to bend; a bend, joint). More at hop, hobble.

The meaning of hobby-horse shifted from "small horse, pony" to "child's toy riding horse" to "favorite pastime or avocation" with the connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere". Possibly originally from a proper name for a horse, a diminutive of Robert or Robin (compare dobbin).

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hobby (plural hobbies)

  1. An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
    I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby.
  2. (horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the Irish Hobby
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From Old French hobet, from Medieval Latin hobētus, diminutive of hobe.

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hobby (plural hobbies)

  1. Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco, especially Falco subbuteo.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 323:
      He hawked – from nearby Esher, Richard Fox sent a servant with a hobby, which Henry received enthusiastically – and hunted, sending a present of freshly slaughtered deer to Princess Mary.
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hobby n

  1. hobby (activity)

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hobby c (singular definite hobbyen, plural indefinite hobbyer)

  1. hobby (activity)

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  • Hyphenation: hob‧by

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hobby m (plural hobby's, diminutive hobby'tje n)

  1. hobby (activity)

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hobby

  1. (nonstandard) hobby (activity)

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hobby m (plural hobbies) (alternative plural hobbys)

  1. hobby (activity)

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hobby

  1. hobby (activity)

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hobby m (invariable)

  1. hobby (activity)
  2. (in the plural) hobbies

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hobby

  1. hobby (activity)

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hobby m (plural hobbies or hobbys)

  1. hobby (activity)

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hobby m (plural hobbys)

  1. hobby (activity)

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hobby c

  1. hobby (activity)